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DNA Dinners and Bonacini’s Italy Receive Taste Award Nominations

January 20, 2020 – Gusto Worldwide Media is proud to announce that DNA Dinners and Bonacini’s Italy have been shortlisted at this year’s Taste Awards. Garnering two nominations each, DNA Dinners has been recognized in the Best International Program and Best Series Pilot categories while Bonacini’s Italy (season 2) has been nominated for Best Food Program and Best International Program. Winners will be announced on March 9 at a ceremony taking place in Beverly Hills.

Now in its 11th year, the Taste Awards celebrate achievements of creators, producers, hosts, and directors in lifestyle programming. Gusto Worldwide Media has been honored to receive six Taste Awards and has won the Best International Program category for the past three years. Both DNA Dinners and Bonacini’s Italy have been entertaining viewers around the world. In February, DNA Dinners will be making its APAC debut on Gusto TV in Singapore. Bonacini’s Italy (season 1) is available in several countries including Australia, Philippines, and Russia.

“Thank you to the Taste Awards for recognizing two series that explore diverse cuisines and culture. People who love the food genre are looking to be immersed into emotional stories and inspiring cooking, which the Gusto team has achieved with both DNA Dinners and Bonacini’s Italy,” said Chris Knight, President and CEO of Gusto Worldwide Media. “I’m looking forward to rubbing shoulders with our international peers in Beverly Hills.”

A complete list of nominees is available on the Taste Awards website:

About DNA Dinners

DNA Dinners is a powerful series that takes viewers on an emotional roller coaster ride, with delicious dishes along the way. Each episode explores diverse cultures while telling the unique stories of people who are unsure of their ancestry. Host Tyrone Edwards begins their journey of self‐discovery by revealing the surprising results of their DNA test. Working alongside an expert chef, each person then cooks a meal for their family that combines the iconic flavours and ingredients of their two cultures. DNA Dinners

features fascinating combinations of cuisines such as Jamaican with French or South African with Filipino.

About Bonacini’s Italy

Bonacini’s Italy is a sophisticated cooking series featuring celebrity Chef Michael Bonacini as he cooks up diverse, sumptuous Italian fare. Set in a contemporary kitchen, Michael explores 15 different regions of Italy by preparing dishes unique to each local tradition. Each episode takes us through an entire meal from one region, from antipasto, soup, or salad, to delicious primo, succulent secondo, and even sometimes a decadent dolce. Whether it’s hearty dishes from the North of Italy that borders the alps, rustic cuisine from popular tourist destinations in the centre of the country, or food inspired by the blue waters that surround Italy’s Southern tip, each dish celebrates the diversity of Italian fare.

About Gusto Worldwide Media

Gusto Worldwide Media is a vertically integrated media company that produces, distributes, and broadcasts high-quality food content. Based in Canada, Gusto operates from its state-of-the-art facility which includes a studio, test kitchen, post-production plant, master control, and playout services. Gusto’s proprietary content includes over 500 hours of original food and lifestyle programming with 100 new hours created annually. In 2013, Gusto Worldwide Media launched its linear TV channel and SVOD service Gusto TV in Canada. In 2016, Bell Media launched the premium lifestyle channel Gusto in Canada, commissioning a multi-year slate of series from Gusto Worldwide Media. Internationally, Gusto Worldwide now operates bespoke channels on multiple platforms in the US, Singapore, Latin America, and the UK, with more rollouts to come.

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Stephanie Swart – Digital & Marketing Coordinator


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